Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Balanced Life Goals

As I've explained before, when I do my monthly balanced life goals, I picture a wheel with several spokes, each spoke representing an aspect of my life that is important to me.  Taken together, I like to think that they make a well-balanced life.  Ideally, each spoke is of equal length and the arcs drawn between the spokes are equally rounded to make a perfectly circular rim around the wheel, without any bump-outs or indents.  A well-balanced wheel results in a smoother ride; a wonky wheel results in a bumpy ride.  Currently, as shown in my month-end reviews, I am mostly wobbling along!

These are my March Goals for a more Balanced Life:

Spiritual:  The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life.
- Continue with daily prayers and gratitude; focus on being positive
- Take time for meditation
- Cultivate non-attachment  - continue with the attempt to declutter; the goal is 100 items in March
- Attend the monthly rosary prayer gathering

Environment:  The goal is a clean, tidy, uncluttered house and a well-maintained garden.
- Focus on decluttering and maintaining cleaned areas
- Maintain (water 2x per week; weed)
Prepare a planting bed & scatter some flower/vegetable seeds

Daughter:  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her.
- Celebrate her 25th birthday with her!
- Daily texts, phone calls, emails, and video chatting, once she goes back

Family & Friends:  The goal is to keep in touch with various family members and friends.
- Call, email, etc. 
- Wish cousin N and cousin P on their birthdays
- Will be seeing several members of the family and friends at the monthly prayer gathering, if attending
- Weekly calls with neighbor T

Community:  The goal is to become more involved in my community
- Continue to participate in the blogging community

Career:  The goal is to continue to do work which I enjoy (for the most part) and which enables me to support myself.
- Continue to do my assignments in a timely manner
- Reserve a space to attend one of the monthly retirement seminars

Finances:  The goal is financial security.
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose

Health & Well Being:  The goal is good health.
- Attend the appointments with my various medical doctors - 3 scheduled so far in March (surgeon - to get stitches removed - on 3/7; primary care on 3/9, podiatrist on 3/15)
- Continue to go for additional screening tests, as needed
- Continue to monitor blood pressure, sugar levels, and weight
- Continue to focus on a healthier diet, drinking enough water (8x 8oz), exercising regularly (walk for 30 minutes during the work week), and getting sufficient sleep (keep trying for that elusive 11:30 p.m. bed time during the work week!)
- Focus on accomplishments and staying positive

Time Management:  The goal is having enough time to do all what I want to do!
- Procrastinate less
- Implement routines and schedules/get myself on a better time table!

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time:  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Set aside 30 minutes a day to do something relaxing, such as reading books, or doing a craft

So, those are my goals for March!  Is anyone else making monthly goals?


  1. Excellent goals and I really do like the wheel approach. I think i am seriously wobbling!

    1. Wobbling doesn't make for a smooth ride, does it? Sometimes, though, it is the best we can do. Here's hoping that it will be slightly less wobbly for you, this month.


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